To build a culture of empathy and equity
The Culture and Access department works to build a culture of empathy and equity across all units in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts for students, faculty and staff. The department also works to dismantle systems of oppression that affect the recruitment and retention of marginalized students, faculty and staff in our Herberger Institute community. Culture and Access department oversees the Herberger Institute Core Equity Team, Shifting the Gaze and Herberger Institute Days.
Culture and Access leadership team
Culture and Access is led by Melita Belgrave, associate dean for Culture and Access and associate professor in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre.
Core Equity Team
Culture and Access also includes a Core Equity Team made up of faculty and staff across the Institute’s five schools and the ASU Art Museum. The Core Equity Team works with Race Forward, a national organization that provides research and training to advance racial equity, to develop equity tools to use across the Institute for communication, operations, hiring and decision making.